Gaia (pronounced Yeah-Ah) started in 1994 by two friends, Agronomist Leon Karatsalos and eonologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, with a small vineyard on the Island of Santorini. The vineyards of Santorini grow the native grape Assyrtiko. Assyrtiko is perhaps the only Mediterranean grape variety to flourish under such difficult climatic conditions. From poor, porous soil formed by volcanic activity and composed largely of pumice, Assyrtiko produces wines with a relatively high acidity. The Gai’a vineyards, located on the Southeastern slopes of Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions, are composed entirely of 70-80 year old, ungrafted vines with a dramatically low yield. It is an anomaly in today’s technologically advanced world and a wine that is well worth preserving and treasuring. In 1996, Leon and Yiannis purchased a fully functioning winery with vineyards in Nemea, just outside Athens. Here they grow the red grape Agiorgitiko (ah your YEE TEE ko), which we believe is a fabulous grape. Agiorgitiko can be produced in a range of styles, from fruity rosé and fresh light-bodied red that is best served slightly chilled to a full-bodied red that responds well to oak aging and can cellar and improve for many years. In many ways, Agiorgitko is Greece’s Nebbiolo. Gai’a produces a broad range of extremely high quality wines in a range of styles. Robert Parker describes them as “one of Greece’s finest wineries, making steely Santorini whites and Agiorgitiko that is among Greece’s best.” Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2010!
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